John Carroll University, in partnership with US Army Recruiting Command in Cleveland and a consortium of northeastern Ohio campus veteran programs, devised and implemented a creative approach to educating future veterans about their GI Bill benefits. This joint effort began over a year ago to accomplish four specific objectives:
1 – Inform Future Soldiers about their GI Bill benefits before they ship out to Basic Training/AIT/OSUT
2 – Encourage veterans to return to Cleveland to provide leadership to the community
3 – Assist USAREC with Future Soldier training and retention
4 – Advise Future Soldiers of the full range of veterans programs, to include campus student veterans programs, awaiting them upon their return to Cleveland
During a campus orientation, Future Soldiers come to campus as a group, receive an information briefing about the GI Bill, learn about the various colleges/universities and their student veteran programs, get a tour of campus, have a meal together with the student veteran program coordinators, and even attend a sporting event if one is available.
CPT Jose Rivera, former commander of the Metro Recruiting Company, wrote an article about the Future Soldier Campus Orientation program in the May-June 2012 issue of The Recruiter Journal. Check out the article on page 12!
If you are a Future Soldier, or if you are considering enlisting, then ask your recruiter about attending an upcoming Future Soldier Campus Orientation!